News from Brake
Monday 13 May 2019
Albert Owen, MP for Ynys Môn, has today been named as Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month for April 2019, by Brake, the road safety charity, and Direct Line Group.
The award recognises Mr Owen’s efforts to improve road safety in his constituency following a successful campaign to install a puffin crossing on the Bangor Road and ongoing work with community campaigners to lower the speed limit to 20mph on roads in Llanfachraeth.
Mr Owen recently campaigned alongside residents in Anglesey to raise concerns over the safety of crossing the busy A5025 Bangor Road through Benllech. Their efforts proved successful, with Anglesey Council acting swiftly to install a new pedestrian crossing on the road. Mr Owen is continuing his efforts to improve road safety in Ynys Môn by working with residents in Llanfachraeth to campaign for 20mph speed limits in the village. A petition signed by over 300 people, calling for the change, was delivered to local county councillors at a meeting in Llanfachraeth village hall on 26 April 2019 , attended by Mr Owen.
National road safety charity, Brake, has long called for the widespread rollout of 20mph speed limits in villages, towns and cities. 20mph is widely considered the safest speed for urban areas, where traffic is in close proximity to people walking and cycling, due to the vulnerability of these road users. Brake wants to see the Government reduce the national default limit in urban areas from 30mph to 20mph, creating a safer road environment for people to be able to move in safe and healthy ways, and welcomed First Minister, Mark Drakeford’s recent statement that "The Welsh Government believe that 20mph should be the default speed limit for residential areas”.
Commenting, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said:
“Mr Owen is a hugely deserving winner of our April Parliamentarian award for road safety for the multiple campaigns he has supported across his Ynys Môn constituency.
“Stopping distances at 20mph are half those at 30mph and, as well as being safer, slower speeds help make our streets more welcoming places to be. It’s great to see that Mr Owen’s efforts in Llanfachraeth have been echoed by the Welsh Government with the First Minister’s recent statement in support of 20mph default limits for residential areas. This is a huge boost for road safety and we urge the policy’s swift implementation and rollout to help make communities across Wales safer for all.”
Accepting his award, Albert Owen MP said:
“Firstly, I would like to thank Brake for this award and for their dedication to road safety in the UK and sustainable transport policy.
“Also I accept this award on behalf of my constituents, who have taken up the mantles of road safety issues in their communities, organised campaigns and raised petitions. We have strong, vibrant communities her on Anglesey and road safety is paramount. Our roads and urban areas are getting busier and I want to make sure that all Anglesey residents can live and work within a safe environment.”
Gus Park, Managing Director of Motor Insurance at Direct Line Group, said:
“We would like to congratulate Albert Owen for his successful campaign in calling for the installation of a puffin crossing on the Bangor Road in Llanfachraeth and thank him for his ongoing work towards reducing the speed limit in the village. His continued effort is helping to create a safer environment for all road users.”
Notes to Editors:
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.
We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.
About Direct Line Insurance Group plc
Direct Line Group is headquartered in Bromley. Through its number of well known brands the Group offers a wide range of general insurance products to consumers. These brands include Direct Line, Churchill and Privilege. The Group also provides insurance services for third parties through its partnerships division, Direct Line Group Partnerships. In the commercial sector, the Group's NIG and Direct Line for Business operations offer insurance products for businesses distributed through brokers or direct, respectively.